Storing Makeup With Expiry Dates In Mind ~ Hi everyone! Today I thought I would share some thoughts about how to storing makeup. Originally, I thought it would be a quick blog but the more I put some thought into it and started to write, this is actually quite an interesting and more in-depth topic! Hope you enjoy it and find the information useful!
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to purchasing, using and wearing make-up:
- It can be quite daunting looking at all of the product choices, product lines and countless shades and colours.
- Purchasing make-up is an investment whether you are buying less expensive or high-end products. I can’t help but think that included in the cost is advertising and the packaging. Have you noticed that cosmetics always seem to have a multiple layers?
- Another thing to think about is the expiry dates. This is something that I have always taken seriously because these are products I am putting on my face and around me eyes. I don’t want to work with anything that potentially has become a breeding ground for bacteria.
- The final consideration is how the items are going to be stored. Unfortunately, maake-up comes in all shapes and sizes. Or if you buy from the same product line that I do, often the compacts look almost or exactly the same even though one might be a blush and another might be an eye shadow with four colours. That can get pretty confusing and a time waster having to open each compact until you find the right one.
Storing Makeup With Expiry Dates In Mind…
Here are some things that I do in regards to purchasing and storing make-up that help solve the above problems:
I basically just stick one or two product lines after having tried different kinds over the years. My personal favourite is Lancôme. Since I don’t want to waste money buying a colour that doesn’t work on me, I always make my purchase with the help of a beauty consultant. She is certainly much more knowledgeable than I am and I can test the product and colour beforehand.
I don’t wear loads of make-up and I don’t want to own too many products because of the cost. I will only make a purchase when I run out of something and I have asked for a new lipstick or mascara from my daughters for my birthday or Christmas. I also don’t tend to take advantage of the Bonus Offers companies like Clinique and Lancôme offer because I usually end up with items that I am just not going to use. Instead, we have a company in Canada called Shoppers Drug Mart and they offer a point system for purchases made. I just save up my points and then I can redeem them on products of my choice.
Apparently Europe has a much better system for identifying the expiry dates on make-up compared to North America. It would be nice if the companies made this a little more obvious for us but in the meantime I stick a label on the back of the compact identifying when I purchased it as well as what the colour is for easy identification. I don’t do it on the liquid foundation and mascara because this is something that I use daily so it never goes past the recommended expiry date.
After a quick Google search I found recommendations from two credible experts. Lynnette Dalton James is with M.A.C. Cosmetics and Dr. Jason Rivers is a clinical professor with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. They strongly suggest tossing past expiry and questionable looking and smelling products because it is a health issue. Particularly, water-based products such as mascara that has become bacteria contaminated can cause infections with symptoms like redness, pain swelling, pus, pimples or pink eye.
They recommend the following:
- Mascara: 3 months (other experts say 6 months)
- Liquid Foundation and Concealer: 6 – 12 months
- Cream Blush and Eyeshadow: 6 – 12 months
- Powder Blush and Eyeshadow – 1 year
- Eyeliner and Lipliner Pencils – Up to 2 years
- Liquid Eyeliner – 6 months or less
- Lipstick – 1 year
- Moisturizers and Skin Care – 1 to 2 years
Proper storage and handling is also essential to taking care of your makeup and affect the shelf life. Dr. Rivers also suggests “If you take care of your products, using them for just a few extra months beyond the expiry date will most likely be safe.” Health Canada recommends that cosmetics be kept germ free by washing your hands before applying, not sharing makeup, not adding water or saliva to dilute makeup and keeping cosmetics in a dry area, away from direct heat or sunlight.
There are lots of great ideas for storing makeup on Pinterest for you to gain inspiration from. The ideas range from countertop cosmetic organizers, magnetic boards to hold the makeup, countertop plastic drawers with each drawer for a different type of makeup to storing them in a makeup bag and taking it with you wherever you go.
I prefer not to store my makeup on the vanity because I am inviting it and the organizer to be a dust collector, it is exposed to direct sunlight and I prefer to keep the top clutter free as much as possible so it easy to keep clean. Instead, I keep it in a drawer housed in a white plastic Rubbermaid drawer organizer.
I line the organizer with a paper towel because have you noticed that makeup can get a bit messy over time? Every couple of months I can easily clean the organizer by giving it a good wipe and replacing the paper towel. Every item has a specific place so I can easily find what I am looking for. The eye shadow compacts are to the left and the concealer and blush compacts are to the right.
If I am taking makeup on a trip or to the gym to put on after my workout, I go the minimal route and just take what I plan to wear to keep things simple and uncomplicated. When I empty my gym bag or suitcase I just return the makeup to its proper place. This is a very easy system that works for me!
So that’s it! If you go on line there are a lot of opinions about storing makeup and for how long it should be stored for. I like to go with what the experts say, tread with caution, just buy what I plan to use and store my makeup using a safe and easily retrievable system!
Looking for other storage ideas!
Thanks for visiting ‘Time With Thea’! I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about storing makeup!